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Summary

Deena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college, when her competitive method - run as hard as possible, for fear of losing - fostered a frustration and negativity and brought her to the brink of burnout. On the verge of quitting, she took a chance and moved to the high altitudes of Alamosa, Colorado, where legendary coach Joe Vigil had started the first professional distance-running team. There she encountered the idea that would transform her running career: the notion that changing her thinking - shaping her mind to be more encouraging, kind, and resilient - could make her faster than she’d ever imagined possible. Building a mind so strong would take years of effort and discipline, but it would propel Kastor to the pinnacle of running - to American records in every distance from the 5K to the marathon - and to the accomplishment of earning America’s first Olympic medal in the marathon in 20 years.

Let Your Mind Run is a fascinating, intimate look inside the mind of an elite athlete, a remarkable story of achievement, and an insightful primer on how the small steps of cultivating positivity can give anyone a competitive edge.

©2018 Deena Kastor, Michelle Hamilton (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Inspiring, fascinating and insightful... Some inspirational books make you feel, 'Wow, I could never do that.' Let Your Mind Run makes you feel, 'Wow, I can be better today.' By focusing on the mind game, Kastor and Hamilton make this book practical for anyone trying to overcome the biggest impediments to climbing that next hill of growth." (Shawn Achor, New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential)

"Engaging... [ Let Your Mind Run] is a gift to all who are passionate about running and who seek to find balance with mental conditioning... A heartfelt and impressive memoir from one of America's treasured runners." (Booklist)

“There are running legends, and then there's Deena Kastor. I've always looked to Deena for inspiration in racing and in life. What she has accomplished is incredible, but how she's done it is fascinating. In her captivating new memoir, Kastor takes us on a run through her psyche so we can learn from a true master. Let Your Mind Run will fine tune your mindset for optimal performance both on and off the road!” (Scott Jurek, champion ultrarunner and New York Times best-selling author of Eat and Run)

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The best running book I have read/heard!!

I knew of Deena Castor as an elite marathon runner but not the life detail or her performances and records. What drew me to this book was the promise of mind over matter. Using your mind as a powerful tool to improve self and improve running performance. It is a great book with huge insight into every detail of Deena's high school running days, her rise to fame and amazing performances at the highest level. The detail in the race accounts is stunning. I loved every gripping recollection of her racing days. So much to learn and admire from one of the greats of Marathon running. A definite recommendation for anyone looking to be inspired and motivated to train harder, wiser and reach your goals.

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  • steve finkelstein
  • 19-05-18

Great book

If you ever seen Deena Kastor, she seems to smile A LOT. After reading the book, I now know that the smile reflects her way of thinking. I am not a positive thinking person. Sometimes I get put off by people who are overly positive. But that says more about me than it does about them. The thing I discovered in this book is that I could be positive, too. In my running. In the way I interact with people. In the way I live my life. I’m kind of an old fart, but I’m also willing to try new things that will make my life hopefully more enjoyable. This is a very enjoyable book, even if you don’t run. I would highly recommend it. Thanks, Ms. Kastor. Great job!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-18

Get Inspired

I've always admired Deena Kastor. Afer reading this book i admire her even more!!! I loved reading her story, hearing her perspective on racing. She has amazing mental strength and was able to reach her peak performance by changing the way she talked to herself and the way she reacted to negativity. She's a total badass!! I'm so inspired.I cant wait to incorporate her methods into my training. this book will make you want to go for a long run, it'll make you want to push yourself to the next level. Thank you Deena!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-18

Great book!!!

Absolutely excellent book. Such a great story and great lessons for sport and for life. Really enjoyable!! Very inspiring!

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  • Kaylene Giri
  • 27-04-18

More of an autobiography with gold nuggets

Would you try another book from Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton and/or Deena Kastor?

Not really. The book focused too much on Kastor's career, with many details that did not enhance the overall point of mental traning.

Which character – as performed by Deena Kastor – was your favorite?

There is really only one character in this book.

Do you think Let Your Mind Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

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  • 27-04-18

What a fine inspirational book!

This book spoke not just about running but about life. The joy that Deena encouraged in herself was so empowering for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Erin Ciezadlo
  • 22-10-18

Amazing Story

I loved listening to this book. I usually did on my long runs to find extra motivation when my legs got stiff or the hills were getting to me. In doing so I felt like I blinked and the run was done! The number one take away from this book for me is having a positive mindset in everything we do and it has greatly helped me in everyday life. Thank you so much for writing and recording this book! I have and will continue to recommend this book to my fellow runners, family, and friends.

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  • Deeanna D Swartz
  • 19-10-18

I loved that she read it!!

It is very well written and a great story of her life. It made my runs awesome!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-10-18

My new favorite book

Deena does an amazing job telling her story. More importantly she shares her wisdom and grace. The power of positive is real and it’s revealed in this book.

This is my new favorite book. Thank you Deena, because of you and your words I am accepting that I am a runner regardless of the fact that I have struggled with believing it because I stopped running.

Time to put my shoes on and let this magnificent book encourage me to overcome my negative thinking and give me a reason to live again.

Inspiring.

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  • Henrik Westerlin (HkWe)
  • 04-10-18

All through inspirational

Countless gold nuggets for runners at all levels. Also a great book for those who want to understand their running family members and friends. Will be turning back to it before my next big race events. Stay Positive!

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  • Chelsea Anderson
  • 25-09-18

A Must Read

I’m about to run my first marathon. I think and hope I’m physically ready, but I KNOW I am mentally ready thanks to Deena’s incredible book. Thanks for sharing your story!